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the Carnforth is part of Carnforth, United Kingdom.

Interesting places in Carnforth:
Carnforth Railway Station   Carnforth High School
Bridgeside  


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Briefer encounter

Briefer encounter
Made by Rich007
I suspect that some of you now can't help but have Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 playing through your mind, as all fans of great classic British movies should have no trouble recognising this as the fictional Milford Junction Station of 1945's Brief Encounter, based on the play by Noel Coward and directed by David Lean. In reality, this is Carnforth Station in Cumbria, northern England, the main setting for the illicit romance between Laura (Celia Johnson) and Alec (Trevor Johnson), now lovingly restored to how it was in the 1940s when the movie was made, complete with the re-opened period platform buffet where Laura and Alec first meet. This subway, of course, has a pivotal role as the location for their first kiss after they've spent most of the film being terribly, terribly English, dreadfully repressed and awfully stiff upper lipped about their true feelings for each other. Of course, this being the 1940s, Alec is forced to go off to Africa to do moral deeds among the Colonials, rather than face the scandal of being a married man in love with a woman married to somebody else. Those were the days, and they really don't make 'em like this anymore...despite the modern reinterpration of the story in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation. Should be compulsory viewing for all those who appreciate truly wonderful black and white cinema... Taken on December 3, 2006.

Carnforth Station Junction

Carnforth Station Junction
Made by Ingy The Wingy
Carnforth Station Junction signal box (left to right) 6 signal (up Furness to up Midland) and 5 signal (up Furness to down main) located at the west end of platform 1 at Carnforth station. Tuesday 3rd November 1987 Carnforth Station Junction signal box is located by the Up Main line to the west of Carnforth station, and is a Furness Railway type 4 design which opened at 5:30pm on 25th October 1903, replacing the 1882-built Carnforth Station Junction signal box located at the end of the platforms at Carnforth station. The signal box is fitted with an Evans, o'Donnell manufactured Railway Signal Company Tappet lever frame which was extended to 67 lever (numbered A-C, 1-64) at some time. The signal box was listed as Grade II listed building on 15th February 1989. The lever frame was taken out of use for the mechanical locking to be renewed and was replaced by a temporary signalling panel between 25th December 2008 and 1st January 2009 5 and 6 signal are carried on a London Midland and Scottish Railway gallows type signal is suspended from the station roof and features two upper quadrant short corrugated arm signals Ref number 07827

British Railways 47377

British Railways 47377
Made by Ingy The Wingy
British Railways Brush Type 4 Co-Co class 47/3 diesel-electric locomotive number 47377 of Cardiff Canton T&RSMD stands at Carnforth Station Junction signal box 45 signal (down Furness goods home) with the 11:15 (SX) Rugeley Central Electricity Generating Board Power Station to Workington Section Sidings empty Merry-go-round coal train (6P24). Tuesday 3rd November 1987 Carnforth Station Junction signal box is located by the Up Main line to the west of Carnforth station, and is a Furness Railway type 4 design which opened at 5:30pm on 25th October 1903, replacing the 1882-built Carnforth Station Junction signal box located at the end of the platforms at Carnforth station. The signal box is fitted with an Evans, o'Donnell manufactured Railway Signal Company Tappet lever frame which was extended to 67 lever (numbered A-C, 1-64) at some time. The signal box was listed as Grade II listed building on 15th February 1989. The lever frame was taken out of use for the mechanical locking to be renewed and was replaced by a temporary signalling panel between 25th December 2008 and 1st January 2009

Carnforth Lancashire 70013 15th June 1968

Carnforth Lancashire 70013 15th June 1968
Made by loose_grip_99
Carnforth shed, Lancashire. British Railways Britannia Class 4-6-2 70013 Oliver Cromwell & an unidentified Stanier Black 5 in light steam at the north end of the shed blacken the late afternoon atmosphere as they await their next duties. I visited the shed in the evening en route back to Manchester Victoria on a Northern Railfans trip. The tall concrete building is the ash lift, an efficient way to clear away the piles of ash & char from engine disposals which could quickly accumulate in a large shed like Carnforth. Small tubs were filled by hand and then hoist up the tower & tipped into waiting 16 ton wagons for onward disposal. The much larger concrete coaling tower is just out of shot. 70013 has now (May 2008) been restored at the Great Central Railway at Loughborough after spending most of the time since August 1968 at Bressingham in Norfolk. The plan is to run-in the loco on the Great Central ready for main line train duty in 2008 to commemorate 40 years since the end of steam on BR.

Carnforth Lancashire 9th June 1968

Carnforth Lancashire 9th June 1968
Made by loose_grip_99
A view looking south from the footbridge entrance to the shed. The extent of the Down sidings can be seen. An 08 diesel shunter, a Clayton diesel (behind the 16 ton wagons) & the Fairburn 4 2-6-4T 42085 are central. Carnforth station - the location for that classic English film Brief Encounters - is on the extreme left while the shed coaling plant, ash plant & Braithwaite water tank are in the right distance. The shed building itself is extreme right. The West Coast Main Line to Glasgow (left) was still manually signalled in 1968 & the semaphores & South signal box are just visible below the terraced houses on the horizon. Carnforth shed is now the headquarters of West Coast Railways & undertakes restoration and maintenance of steam and diesel engines. Most of the sidings have gone but the massive concrete coaling plant and (maybe the) ash elevator still stand although out of use for many years.

Carnforth Lancashire 25th August 2011

Carnforth Lancashire 25th August 2011
Made by loose_grip_99
A pretty unusual bit of track bashing! We had just come off the Preston-Carlisle steam-hauled Cathedrals Express with British Railways 4-6-2 70013 Oliver Cromwell and before heading back to Crewe, engine & coach, we needed more water. Rather than taking it from a hydrant by the sidings we actually went on shed at the old steam depot. 50 years ago there would have been water cranes galore but today at the West Coast Railways' facility there is only a fire hydrant. This is on the other side of the turntable by the footbridge so across the table we went! A selection of WCR diesel motive power was in the yard including Class 47s 47854, freshly outshopped, and 47786 Roy Castle OBE, together with 33029 and another unidentified Class 33. The original entrance wall of this LMS shed can just be seen above 47854 obscured by the later modern extensions. The coaling tower is above that in the south yard.

Carnforth Lancashire 9th June 1968

Carnforth Lancashire 9th June 1968
Made by loose_grip_99
The Braithwaite water tank (20,000gallons?) looms over British Railways Standard 9F 2-10-0 92167 as it quietly simmers in company with two Black 5s all awaiting their next turns at the south side of Carnforth shed. A fug of coal smoke wafts across the evening scene. Carnforth shed is now the Steamtown complex but after some years open to the public it has become an industrial concern specializing in locomotive & carriage overhaul. We are in the process of installing a reverse osmosis plant at the Great Central Railway at Loughborough & have installed a Braithwaite tank in the yard. It was a spin-off from the end of the Cold War because with the dismantling of the nuclear bunker near the Midland station it became surplus & available for virtually nothing. It's not quite as overwhelming as this one at Carnforth which incidentally still stands.

Duchess of Hamilton Carnforth Lancashire Summer 1982

Duchess of Hamilton Carnforth Lancashire Summer 1982
Made by loose_grip_99
The loco shed at Carnforth is once again open to the public in this 40th year since its days as one of the last three British Railways steam depots. In 1982 as Steamtown it hosted engines on main line specials. Here LMS Duchess 4-6-2 46229 Duchess of Hamilton is being serviced after running in from Leeds via Hellifield & Clapham. I'm sitting in the Duchess' driver's seat but my stay on the footplate was brief. I had contributed to the restoration fund a few years earlier by buying a framed Cuneo print from the NRM and it was said that the names of those who did so would be on a plaque in the cab. It sounded unlikely but it proved a good excuse to ask the crew's permission to take a look. Of course there was no plaque but who cares!

Carnforth Lancashire 9th June 1968

Carnforth Lancashire 9th June 1968
Made by loose_grip_99
A bevy of British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-19-0s, 92077 & 92118 behind in the withdrawn lines at the north end of Carnforth shed. A third 9F just gets its deflectors in shot too. Bachmann have brought out a weathered look OO gauge model of 92077 but its unlikely to look as weathered as this. 92118 was the engine that I rode from Heaton Mersey to Newton Heath in May 1968 but it's not destined to turn another wheel in service. Sadly both are waiting for their last journey to the scrap merchant. Both only 12 years old, 92077 went to Campbell's of Aidrie being scrapped in October 1968 while 92118 ended its days at Ward's yard at Beighton near Sheffield in September 1968.

Carnforth 24L.

Carnforth 24L.
Made by cabsaab900
45500 Patriot at Carnforth shed 28th October 1959. This locomotive was rebuilt from LNWR Claughton No 2511 Croxteth in November 1930 at Derby Works and retains, together with 45501, the original wheels with the large bossed centre. All the others which were rebuilt at Crewe were only paper rebuilds and all new parts were fitted. Photo details Negative scan Kodak Black & White 120 Roll Film Camera Box Brownie 120. This picture is featured in the David Hay's Collection, a fasinating webpage for anyone interested in Britains railways, visit www.davidheyscollection.com/index.htm

Carnforth  9th June 1968

Carnforth 9th June 1968
Made by loose_grip_99
British Railways 9F 2-10-0 92167 and a clutch of LMS Black 5s in the smokey atmosphere of the south end of Carnforth shed on 9th June 1968. The long footbridge in the right distance spanned the running lines & sidings & was the means of access to the shed from the town. 92167 is a former resident of Saltley shed in Birmingham & was used on the Carlisle freight trains. It had a mechanical stoker fitted in the late 1950s to relieve the fireman's back on this very long turn. However it never worked properly & in fact the fireman had to work even harder to try to hind fire over the apparatus. It was taken off after the trials failed.

Carnforth Lancashire 25th May 1981

Carnforth Lancashire 25th May 1981
Made by loose_grip_99
Southern Railway West Country un-rebuilt pacific 34092 City of Wells was returned to steam from ex-Barry condition in the early 1980s at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. It later was used to work on main line specials. Normally based at the KWVR here it is in the ex-BR steam shed at Carnforth (known as Steamtown by this date). The restoration was being finished off here and it then ran on the Cumbrian Coast Express/Mountain Express SLOA specials from November 1981. It was withdrawn after an illustrious mainline career and languished at Haworth for many years but is currently under restoration once again.

Steamtown Carnforth August 1983

Steamtown Carnforth August 1983
Made by peter.brabham
Carnforth loco shed (10A) in Lancashire closed as working shed in 1968 but then became a preservation centre housing many preserved locos. It closed as a tourist centre in 1997 but is now home to West Coast Railway and is used as a centre for servicing and repair of mainline locomotives. Here LMS Black 5 No. 5407 is under the coaling stage which I believe is an historically listed structure. Carnforth station is famous for being the station used in the film 'Brief Encounter'. I took this photo when I was a student at Durham University and was my last visit to the site before it closed.

Carnforth, Lancashire  9th June 1968

Carnforth, Lancashire 9th June 1968
Made by loose_grip_99
The north end of Carnforth shed and the entrance trackwork. Engines would run in from the main line via the spur to the left. Behind the camera the line runs to the turntable. The coaling tower can be seen above the shed in the centre with the shorter ash lift to the left of it. The footbridge on the left spanned the running lines & sidings & was the means of access to the shed from Carnforth town. The dirty uncared-for steam locomotives blend into the grey background while in contrast the new shiny Class 25 diesel stands out. UPDATE: See below for a view taken in 2011

Carnforth Shed Lancashire 15th June 1968

Carnforth Shed Lancashire 15th June 1968
Made by loose_grip_99
No, the Great Central shed boys haven't finished 70013 that quickly but I'm looking forward to seeing it in this state. British Railways Pacific 70013 Oliver Cromwell is actually brewing up on shed at Carnforth in 1968. Note that the nameplate is not really a plate but the name is just painted on the smoke deflector. Update 2009: Cromwell is fully restored and running again. The GCR have chosen to retain this original painted name and runs sometimes with a replica plate bolted on top & other times just like this. It is a bit more faded these days though.

Carnforth Lancashire 9th June 1968

Carnforth Lancashire 9th June 1968
Made by loose_grip_99
This HDR-tweaked version of an earlier posting has added a bit more contrast to a chronically underexposed evening shot of British Railways Standard 9F 2-10-0 92167 and a couple of Black 5s alongside the huge Braithwaite water tank at the south end of Carnforth shed. This engine was one of three fitted with experimental automatic stokers in the 1950s but by this time it had reverted to normal manual firing. Although in steam here 92167 was withdrawn later in June 1968, only lasting 10 years in service and was cut up at G.H.Campbell's yard in Airdrie by November.

1481-05

1481-05
Made by Ian R. Simpson
Preserved Ribble E.C.W. bodied Leyland Atlantean AN68 1481, TRN 481 V at Carnforth railway station. Although new to Ribble this bus passed with the Carlisle area operations to Cumberland in 1986, returning to Ribble in the mid-1990s and passing with Ribble's East Lancashire operations to Blazefield in 2001, becoming a member of the Burnley & Pendle fleet for a brief spell before passing to the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust. This was the last Atlantean bought by Ribble to remain in service with that company, having outlived all other 'native' examples.

Carnforth Lancashire 9th June 1968

Carnforth Lancashire 9th June 1968
Made by loose_grip_99
British Railways Standard 9F 2-10-0 92091 has been withdrawn & dumped in the sidings north of the shed. The photo was taken from the cab of 9F 92118 also withdrawn. This was the engine I rode on from Heaton Mersey to Newton Heath in May but unfortunately the only journey it made after this was to the scrapyard. Carnforth shed building is in the distance with a clutch of still in-service LMS Black 5s in front & the coaling tower beyond. A then two-year old Rover 2000 is parked between the two 9Fs, itself probably also long gone to the scrapyard.

Carnforth 24L.

Carnforth 24L.
Made by cabsaab900
40628 seen in store at Carnforth 10th July 1961, she had been in store a long time as I have another photo of her in exactly the same spot and with the connecting rod in exactly the same position taken in October 1959, she was not even a Carnforth loco been allocated to Carlisle Upperby. She was built at Derby works in December 1929, withdrawn in January 1961 and scrapped at Central Wagon Company, Wigan in April 1962. Photo details Negative scan Ilford HP3 Black & White 120 Roll Film Developed in home bathroom darkroom Camera Ensign Selfix 820.

Carnforth  Lancashire 9th June 1968

Carnforth Lancashire 9th June 1968
Made by loose_grip_99
Carnforth shed. LNER B1 61306 in store, 9th June 1968. 61306 was withdrawn from Bradford Low Moor shed in September 1967 and is in as-withdrawn condition. Beyond the footbridge (the main access to the shed), also with sacked over chimney for protection against the elements is LMS Class 2 46441 built by BR in 1950. This engine had been repainted in LMS red, a livery never carried in service. It was intended to run on the Lakeside branch but never did. The B1 is running today in LNER livery as 1306 Mayflower even though it too was built by BR in 1948.



Nearest places of interest:

Bolton-le-Sands
Hest Bank
Bridgeside
Nether Kellet
  Carnforth High School
Warton Old Rectory
Carnforth Railway Station
Warton Main Quarry

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